10 July 2018

A Day Trip to Chamonix-Mont Blanc

While in Geneva last summer, my sister and I took a day out to venture further afield. She booked the day trip through Trip Advisor, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Scroll down to read more about what we got up to.

Located at the meeting point of France, Italy and Switzerland. Chamonix is a ski village at the base of Mont Blanc - the highest summit in the Alps.

Two cable cars (not for the faint-hearted) transported us to the Aiguille du Midi, with an elevator taking us further up to the summit terrace at an elevation of 3,842m. The panoramic views of the surroundings peaks are breathtaking. Needless to say I took far too many photos. It was a stunning day with clear skies and a cool temperature of 5 degrees. A whole 30 degrees lower than the temperature down in Chamonix. We did momentarily regret our choice of wearing shorts, although the scenery was worth freezing our legs off for.

When we descended to the base, we strolled through the town and grabbed lunch and pastries at Aux Petits Gourmands. Followed by gelato, of course.

We reconvened with our tour group and hopped on a red train on the Montenvers railway for the picturesque journey to the Mer de Glace glacier. A small Gondola took us part-way to the Grotte de Glace and the rest of the journey down involved almost 500 steps. The ice-caves were a welcome relief from the heat after the long descent. The glacier is 7.5 km long, and according to Wikipedia, it moves a considerable 90 m per year in that region.

After ascending back up to the railway line, we took the train back to Chamonix to get the return coach to Geneva.


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22 January 2018

Architecture by Night


It's been ten months since I last published a blog post. It feels like even longer. But twenty-eighteen is the year to get back on the wagon. Except for the occasional outing for trips away and for these photos (more on that below), my camera was left to gather dust last year. 

But I'm already upping my game, despite many hours or days of procrastination. I have one blog shoot in the bag and half a dozen blog posts drafted (that have yet to be re-written five times because I overthink everything). Expect plenty of travel content, some photos of London, the occasional blogger shoot and god knows what else.

Anyway, these photos. I attended an Architecture By Night photography walk last year. The tours are run by the same crowd responsible for London Open House. It was my first stab at night photography, so it was useful to have a professional there to dish out advice. One good tip I learned, because I forgot my remote shutter release, is to set a timer on your camera - pressing the button to take a photo creates vibrations which can affect the photo when the shutter speed is slow. Having a 10 second delay helps avoid the issue. The walking tour started at Lloyds of London - the Richard Rogers building with the staircases and services ducts on the outside - passed by the Walkie-Talkie & Tower of London and finished along the Thames near Tower Bridge. 

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